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May Day protests: Gathering at Pershing Square ends quietly

May 1, 2012 | 11:13 pm

May Day protest in Pershing Square

The Occupy protest at Pershing Square disbanded peacefully late Tuesday night with no action taken by police.

At 10:45 p.m., about a dozen protesters lingered in the park, along with about a dozen legal observers in lime green ball caps. Nearly all of the police were gone.

LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said police had planned to issue a dispersal order when the park officially closed at 10:30 p.m. But so many protesters left on their own that it wasn't necessary, he said.

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After the protesters finished their General Assembly meeting, a large group headed out to nearby bars. Others went home, saying they were tired after a long day of protests around the city.

The Occupy protest and several large immigrant rights protests provoked a large police response earlier in the day. Smith said it was the largest LAPD operation since police evicted the Occupy protesters from their encampment outside City Hall last fall in a massive sweep that involved 1,400 officers and more than 300 arrests.

On Tuesday, police reported that at least 13 people were arrested: 10 demonstrators at Los Angeles International Airport who were protesting working conditions there and three downtown.


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Photo: At the Pershing Square gathering, a man blowing bubbles adds to the festive atmosphere. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times